Texas Congressman Ron Paul has qualified to have his name on the ballot at the Republican National Convention in August, Fox News has confirmed. The three-time presidential candidate will be Mitt Romney's sole rival in Tampa.
Digital Journal reported late last month that Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s strategy of obtaining as many delegates as possible appears to be working. It was confirmed that Dr. Paul will at least tie for first place in the states of Iowa and Minnesota. It was also reported by MSNBC that Paul won Louisiana and Washington State, while he is also on the verge of winning other states, such as Colorado, Alaska and Rhode Island.
Fox News confirmed Friday that Paul will now appear on the ballot in August at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Paul, who did not win any of the state primary contests in terms of popular vote thus far, and his team have remained confident throughout the entire campaign that their delegate strategy would prevail.
In order to appear on the first ballot at the RNC, a presidential candidate must have a plurality of delegates in at least five states. It was confirmed that only Paul and Romney met this requirement. To win the GOP nomination, a candidate must garner 50 percent plus one out of the 1,144 votes.
With the enthusiasm that Paul supporters espouse, the GOP convention will surely be raucous from Aug. 27 to 30. The Republican Party is so cautious that the RNC has warned the Nevada GOP that if Paul supporters are permitted to take too many slots for the national convention that it may decide to opt against seating the state’s entire delegation.
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Texas Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks to audience during a town hall meeting.
“I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention,” said John R. Phillippe Jr., the chief counsel for the RNC, in a letter delivered to GOP Chairman Michael McDonald that was obtained by the Las Vegas Sun.
It appears that the RNC is trying to force Nevada to make sure that Romney’s people get 20 of the 28 delegates. This would remove all doubt as to who the delegates will support at the national convention.
Despite the establishment dismissing Paul’s campaign, the 12-term congressman is still holding town hall meetings in upcoming primary states. Paul was able to draw a total of more than 9,000 supporters to two campaign events in California. A third one will be held Friday night.
This is his second multi-day visit to The Golden State. In early April, the campaign visited college campuses that generated a total of more than 20,000 supporters and undecided voters.
California holds its primary on Jun. 5 when 172 delegates will be at stake. The next GOP contest is on May 8 when the states of Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia hold their respective primaries. A total 132 delegates will be up for grabs.